February 28, 2016

The aim of walk was to send a very public message

Well what is your opinion of this headline? It isn't exactly one that you read every single day could it be? "Men Walk a Mile in High Heel Shoes". However, I can promise you, it's not a late April Fool spoof. It's correct. Yesterday (2nd April) was the inaugural event of “ Walk a Mile In her Shoes; when 35 men in Palestine, donned a set of brightly coloured high heel shoes to boost money for the Crisis Centre of Anderson and Cherokee Counties.

The aim of walk was to send a very public message that domestic violence should not be tolerated in their community. The Anderson County Sherriff who was one of thirty five men to undertake the walk in stilettos, explained the importance of raising awareness against domestic violence saying that there was;too much against ladies and children” and also the walk symbolised “men's support against domestic violence”. The Sherriff also admitted even though the walk had been fun it had been rather painful.

Based on the Palestine Herald Press, the 35 men were accompanied on their quest by 100 supporters who walked the mile with them. Different placards were carried including;I'm man enough to walk in her shoes; as well as the rather amusing; At least I did not need to

But even if the mile had been completed, it had not been quite over. Some men were brave or should that be foolish enough to risk life and limb and complete one hundred yard dash within their high heel shoes. Girls this is something no sane person would recommend. Fortunately the boys appear to have emerged unscathed using the winner David Rayner IV taking home a $100. Although some clearly found the whole experience rather painful, there have been no reports of brittle bones.

The total amount raised so far is $9,000 dollars, though everyone is expecting that to increase as money was still being arriving. You have to salute these men, who were ready to look foolish to raise an element that blights a wide variety of communities. The Crisis Centre representative Brendon Green and event co-ordinator was delighted with the success of the event saying “I'm looking forward to doing this next year.”

Hopefully next year much more men will participate in and perhaps other communities will look towards them and choose to hold an identical event. And lest anyone forget, although domestic violence is largely perpetuated against ladies and children, there's also some men that also suffer.

When it comes to men who taken part in the big event, there is the compensation of a free foot massage by local massage therapists. And think, if they are game enough to take part again next year, at least they are fully aware just a little concerning how to walk in high heels!

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